BY Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor, & Emmanuel Elebeke
Abuja—Fifty two days after the abduction of over 200 girls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, the organisers of the campaign to rescue the girls have pleaded with President Goodluck Jonathan to rise against the enemy of Nigeria.
One of the leaders of the #Bringbackourgirls campaign and former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, said yesterday that the government had chosen to divide the move to bring back the girls instead of taking urgent steps to confront Nigeria’s common enemy.
Ezekwesil in several tweets posted yesterday, pointed out that Nigerians were surprised that certain persons were actively calling them names all in their patriotic bid to mobilise actions that would lead to the release of the innocent children to their parents.
In one of the tweets, the former minister wrote: “We kept pleading for our President to arise, sincerely inspire and mobilise all citizens against our common enemies, but they chose division.”
The former minister also expressed worry that the administration was angry with the campaigners for daring to raise public consciousness towards the abducted girls after the same government had initially doubted the kidnap of the girls and did not take action for about three weeks.
“A government that made no official statement for 19 days following the news of the abduction of the girls is angry at those who pressed for the action, leaves us puzzled.
“Lack of trust that the Federal Government is taking all the measures and coordinating all the global support to rescue our girls is what keeps us pressing on.
“If we, the Abuja family of #Bringbackourgirls had seen any pattern of sincere focus to rescue our girls, we would have sincerely pressed the Federal Government effort.
“Our hearts are pure towards all. We bear no bitterness. Someday, all will understand that demanding accountability is a duty of all citizens. Someday, our President will know that we who cut him no slack were his true friends and not those who bootlicked him for their belly and power.
“Abuja family of #Bringbackourgirls is made up of women and men who stand for our Chibokgirls and drive by their courage of conviction,” Ezekwesili said.
Many Nigerians, who reacted to the post on Tweeter, asked the government not only to bring back the Chibok girls but to take holistic action to end insecurity across the country.
One of them, Berthran Ugeh, said: “We must not only ask the government to #BringOurGirlsBack but to end rise of insecurity and the killing of Nigerians on a daily basis.